P90x Day 2 – Plyometrics Hell – a P90X Woman’s Success Story

By Nancy Andrews

P90x Day 2 – Plyometrics Hell – a P90X Woman’s Success Story

Sep 6th, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: P90X Transformation Diary

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That’s about all I can say about this tough workout.  This one is not for those grossly out of shape!

The workout takes about an hour.  A lot of jumping exercises that have the sweat pouring out of every pore in you body.  There are a few modifications provided but even with them, this is one hard workout.  Tony Horton implies at the beginning that this is the most challenging workout of the bunch and I’m pretty sure I’ll end up agreeing with him.

It took me most of the day to recover from this workout.  I had a moment’s weakness about going forward with the program but mentally slapped myself around and got past that.

Tomorrow is arms and shoulder day and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.  At least that is compared to today’s workout.  icon smile P90x Day 2   Plyometrics Hell   a P90X Womans Success Story

Click here to read more of my P90x transformation posts

P90X Success Story Update (Sept. 5):
Now almost finished with our first 30 days (pictures coming by the end of the week), Chris and I are amazed at how far we’ve come in less than a month. As a 50 year old woman, I was surprised to lose over 3″ off of my waist. More inches have come off of my hips, thighs and arms. P90X is hard – that’s for sure – just read the post above I made on Day 2. I thought I was going to throw up after that first round of Plyometrics and now, only a few weeks later with only 1 round of plyometrics per week, I am beginning to enjoy it. I’m certainly doing much better with the moves. But it’s worth the effort to see your body improve so rapidly. My whole family is doing P90X and we all can see and feel the difference. If you are on the fence about this, all I can say is just do it. (Click here for more info on P90X)

P90X Success Story Update (Sept 13):

Nancy Side before after 30days 3001 P90x Day 2   Plyometrics Hell   a P90X Womans Success StoryGot our 30 day pictures up now – here is one:

I have to say I’m amazed I could get this far in just 1 month.  P90X is the best thing I’ve done in a long time and I know it can do wonders for you too.

Go to my coach page for my (Nancy’s) P90X transformation pictures or if you want to see Chris’ transformation go to his coach’s page.  Chris is making really great progess in finally putting on some muscle mass.

P90X Success Results Update (October 11):

Nancy front 60days ab focus1 P90x Day 2   Plyometrics Hell   a P90X Womans Success StoryToday is our 60 day anniversary with the P90X program.   YEAH!

Both Chris and I continue to make good progess.  While I encourage you to visit our coaches pages, here is a sneak peak of where I’m at today –>

Well I can’t believe it but it’s been another 30 days and my first round of P90X is over.  I am so amazed with what has happened with my body – it’s been a real makeover that I’m not sure I would have believed before trying it.  Sure, I expected to get in shape but what I really got was getting in shape and so much more!

P90X Results – Full 90 Days:Nancy Side before after 0 90days 600 P90x Day 2   Plyometrics Hell   a P90X Womans Success Story

More P90X Results:Nancy Back before after 0 90days 600 P90x Day 2   Plyometrics Hell   a P90X Womans Success Story
If I can do this at age 50 (soon to be 51) with only 90 days, imagine what you can do.  If you want more information or have questions on what I did specifically, just leave me a question below.

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  1. Are you following the strick diets as well?

  2. Hi Michelle,

    I actually think my diet is pretty easy but perhaps someone else could find it harder than I do. Here’s the thing, if you eat right 6 days a week then you can have an indulgence day on the 7th day. Sunday’s are my indulgence days so just to give you a feel for how far I might indulge, here’s a list of my indulgences I had yesterday (Sunday Oct. 11th):

    *Not one but two Pillsbury cinnamon rolls (the ones with the cream cheese frosting)
    *A grilled cheese sandwich (yes – I used butter when making it and full fat American cheese)
    *A pack of Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls (just like HoHos but better and cheaper)
    *Stuffed Manacotti with a creamy, cheesy scampi sauce
    *Garlic bread

    YUMMY! I loved it all. Today I’m back to eating right. And what I find about indulgence days is that not only do I get all the things I’ve thought about during the week out of my system, I end up feeling kind of bloated and by the time Monday rolls around, I WANT to eat well again. Also from a metabolic perspective, it keeps my body from going into a starvation mode and preventing further weight loss.

    I wont’ go into all the specifics of what I eat, how much I eat and (this is important) when I eat but I do give away all my secrets and diet details in the ‘Insiders Secrets to Getting Ripped & Toned’ that you can sign up for to the right. And it’s free so if you’ve not already done so, please sign up today.


  3. Please send Insiders Secrets to Getting Ripped & Toned

  4. Hi Albert,

    All you need to do to get the Insiders Secrets is to sign up with your name and email in the right hand column. Then you’ll get the installments every few days.

    Coach Nancy

  5. These pictures do not look like the same person unless you grew 6 inches taller over 90 days. Look where the shoulders hit the art work in the background of the first picture compared to the third picture. I certainly hope this is not a scam!

  6. Hi Heather,

    It’s all really me. I’m surprised you feel I don’t look like the same person. Admittedly it’s always a little harder to see the rear view absolutely as the same person but if you look at all four views, the basic body build is the same – just getting progressively more muscular and leaner. And come on … my side views are clearly the same person. And if you look at my coach page at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/?page_id=271 you can see my front as clearly being me in all pictures as well.

    The truth is that I am not a professional bodybuilder and I didn’t have my pictures taken by any professional photographer so there is a ton of variation between the pictures taken at different dates. These pictures were taken in my home so there wasn’t any ‘x’ marks the spot when I would take pictures every 30 days and I had 2 different people taking the pictures. So I’m standing in different places – sometimes closer to the wall and sometimes farther away. And the 2 people who helped me out by taking my pictures were 6 inches different in height so the angles were completely different as well.

    No scam here.


    P.S., It would be nice to add a few inches to my height though. I’m a bit on the short side. :)

  7. Hi Nancy! You are such an inspiration. My husband and I started P90x today. How can we get you as our coach?

    Thank you!

  8. Hi Nancy,

    I am an active 25 year old woman wanting to lose that last 10 pounds. Just finished plyometrics (day 2) and I thought I was in shape until that exercise. I realize this program works if you stick to it and I am very excited after seeing your results you look great. No pain no Gain! Thanks for sharing your story!

  9. Hi Keri,

    Thanks and trust me, it does get easier! Congratulations to you on your engagement and commitment to looking and feeling your best with P90X. Feel free to visit our new forum we just opened here or click on the ‘Members forum’ tab in our top navigation.

  10. I’m 47, with some achy knees and shoulders, 10 lbs overweight and I just jog/yoga for exercise. Is this too much for aches and pains, or can it help? Is there a way to approach this program successfully given my fears of straining myself?

  11. Hi Cheryl,

    Without knowing more about your ‘achy’ knees, I’m going to guess that you are mostly referring to a natural joint aging process in which your cartilage in your knees is reduced and you need to be real careful. If you can run without too much issue, you can do P90X. The plyometrics routine can be hard on the knees but Tony has a person (Pam ‘the Blam’) doing a low impact version. Both my husband and I did the low impact version when we started, I’ve been able to increase my impact but he keeps his to the low impact version. We have both seen great results.

    As far as the shoulder thing, I’m less clear what is causing that. What I would do is start with the resistance bands (I like this travel kit you can get at Bodybuilding.com) rather than a pull up bar (instructions are shown for each exercise how to use resistance bands) and see how that goes. Unless you have a rotator cuff injury you should be fine with that. But if you haven’t had that shoulder looked at and you have any issues with sharp pain, you really should see your health care practitioner.


  12. I started doing p90X and I have doing my best to fit all 6 workouts in each week. During your 90 days did you complete every workout? How did you handle it if you did happen to miss a day?

  13. Hi Chris,

    I actually did make 6 workouts a week during my first 90 days. If you miss a cardio or yoga I would just move forward and forget it. But don’t skip any of the strength workouts.


  14. Hi Nancy
    I see earlier someone asked a question about the diet. This is my MAIN problem. I love the workouts and how i feel afterwards but i don’t follow the diet that is in the nutrition guide. I eat a lot healthier than i use to however. I like what you said about having a day to eat anything you want. It’s sad that i’m only on day 10 and i’m already trying to cheat but i just HATE HATE HATE dieting!!!! Is this bad?

  15. Hi Whitney,

    Well trying to cheat sure ain’t good! I think what you need to do is figure out what or why behind the urges you are having. If you are having issues it’s not really biological, it’s emotional. You feel deprived and you resent it. So the two things I advise is to focus a lot more on how fantastic you’ll look when you do the program eating well. The second thing is to work your diet to not feel quite so deprived. A cheat day can go a long way to keeping you on track. I’ve stated before that when Sunday rolls around (my weekly cheat day) nothing is off limits. I eat poorly all day long. If I have even a notion of eating something I eat it. This really gets all my cravings out of my system. I also feel bloated and sluggish by the end of the day and actually look forward to eating properly after that.

    The other thing to consider is the composition of your diet. You need to eat a lot of protein to build muscle. When you do that, you’ll end up feeling full for long periods. Some people then go with low fat and modest carbs and others do well with low carbs and modest fat. Either approach can work but what you need to really appreciate is the more you eat from one group (carbs or fat) the less you must eat from the other group.

    Except for your cheat day, any carbs you do eat should be primarily fresh fruit or veggies. No juice. And reduce the amount of grain based products (breads) and potatoes.

    If you want to discuss this further, please feel free to head on over to our members forums at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/ and post a question about what to eat in the diets forum thread. Thanks!


  16. Hi Coach Nancy!

    Your story is SO inspiring! I am going to be starting the P90X program next week (just ordered) and I have a considerable amount to lose (about 60-70 pounds). I am really excited, just a bit nervous because I am quite overweight, but my husband and I want to start having kids in the next year or so and I want to be really healthy before I get pregnant.

    I hope I can stay as dedicated as you! My good friend recently just started her second round and has already lost 45 pounds from Round 1. I have been overweight all my life, and am so excited to be healthy, inside and out. What is your best advice for people wanting to lose a significant amount of weight and how long should you wait before beginning a Round 2?

  17. Hi Cate,

    Thank you for your kind words. Just make a commitment to show up every day and, as Tony says, ‘do your best’. It doesn’t matter how bad you may be at first. Most of us start out not being able to do push ups from our toes or doing all the reps. It took me a month or so to get my first real pull up out.

    Aside from showing up, watch your diet. I find the P90X meal plan often calculates too many calories for women. I recommend 10x your weight but don’t exceed 2,000 calories a day if you are over 200lbs. My recommended split on those calories is 40/35/25 carbs/protein/fat. The thing you’ll find is that it’s hard to get enough protein in and not go over on fat unless you get some high quality protein. I talk about which proteins I like at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/forum/#topic/Protein-Powders.htm.

    As far as how long to wait until round 2, you can pretty much start that as soon as you’d like. For some people it makes more sense to add in another recovery week and then get started.

    Good luck and keep focusing on your goal!


  18. Hi Nancy, I had never heard of P90x and now looking at the pics and reading the success stories I am curious about trying it myself, see I am 19 yrs old and have struggled with being overweight all my life, I woud like to lose 50-80lbs in 1 year. I used to be an athlete in HS and currently work out 1 hour per day mostly cadio though. I would like to know your opinion not only on me trying p90x but on loosing weight in general. Thanks

  19. Hi Monica,

    It’s hard for me to get very specific with you when I don’t have any specifics from you. For example, whether 50 lbs is a good weight loss goal for you over a year is impossible to judge when I don’t have your height and weight. It seems odd you feel you need to lose this much when you say you were an athlete in HS and are now only 19 (so only a year or so out of HS). Also you say you are working out an hour a day doing cardio. How overweight could you be?

    Here’s what I do know. If you struggle with weight while exercising, you most likely have a diet problem and that will be the tougher challenge for you. You must eat properly for your height and your end weight goal and by eating properly I mean the right kinds of foods not just a calorie total. P90X is a combination strength training, cardio, yoga and more program so it’s very effective at getting you in shape. If you lift as heavy as you can with good form during the resistance training, and eat properly you will see results.

    Again, I don’t know your specifics so it’s hard for me to be sure what your weight issues are.

  20. Hi Nancy
    I currently own both the p90x and the slim in 6. My main goal is to tone down my legs (specifically my inner thighs) and my lower abdominal. If i do both everyday, that’s would be a bit too much since i’m also doing martial art for around 1.5hr/day. I was wondering if you had any advice for me regarding this. My aim is to tone down, not bulk up and i am afraid that doing p90x would cause that. But at the same times, i know from friend’s experiences that p90x is much more effective since it incorporate the idea of muscle confusion in the program.
    Also, i noticed that you lost the majority of your weight around your waist and that’s absolutely amazing. Do you have any tips or trick for me regarding that? Any comments/advice would be greatly appreciated. =]


  21. Hi Jayden,

    I couldn’t tell if you were a guy or a gal by your name (sorry). But either way, P90X won’t build you up bulky unless you really work at that. It’s a lot harder to get bulky than you’d think. What you’ll find Tony says is that if you want to be lean, go with more reps at a slightly lower weight. You are in control.

    That said, if you just want to slim down a bit, Slim in 6 is a good program and would be very complimentary to your martial arts work.

    As for getting the flab off your waist, that requires 2 things. First you need to do high intensity exercise (I find doing high intensity resistance training works best for me (P90X) but I’ll also do some high intensity interval training sessions each week). Secondly you need to eat properly. I recommend a 40/40/20 calorie ratio of carb/protein/fat. This is typically far more protein and far less carb and fat than most people eat. I am a big believer in taking 2 – 3 protein shakes a day to hit my protein requirement and keep a list of what I buy at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/forum/#topic/Protein-Powders.htm.

    Keep in touch and let me know your progress!


  22. Nancy

    Thanks for you input. I took your advice and ordered the Gaspari Myofusion protein last night =]. Since I’m a pescataria, it’s pretty hard for me to get my daily dose of protein and i don’t want that to deter my progress in anyway. Actually, i have a pretty hard time reaching my calories intake limit. Usually i have to force myself to eat some more to reach that 2000 calories that I’m supposed to consume. But most of the time, i don’t even bother trying…perhaps that’s the reason why i haven’t been able to get rid of the extra layer of flab even though I’ve been super active. Could my body be actually holding on to the fat because i’m not taking in enough of it?

    I like that the slim in 6 is shorter than the p90x version but since it lacks the resistance training, perhaps i should do 1/2 of SI6 everyday and p90x resistance training every other day in addition to my martial art training?

    Btw, i’m a girl :)


  23. I have started P90X 20 days ago. I am about 5’9 and weight 160lbs. Mainly looking to tone the entire mid section, thighs etc etc. I have been very diligent in all workouts, missing none. I am in the military and in relatively good shape. I can tell how hard I am working out by the slight discomfort I am in when I crawl out of bed. I am creeping up on 30 days and to be honest, I havent noticed a big difference. I am not following the diet plan per say, but are drinking lits of water and have cut out a lot of the junk from my diet. I am getting discouraged…I am getting up early in the morning to work out and some mornings, I think to myself, why bother doing all of this if I am not seeing any results…..

    Currently, I am working on the lean program, but I am thinking I should switch to the classic…
    Any suggestions?


  24. Hi Jayden,

    I’m sure you’ll like the Myofusion. I mix mine with about 1 cup water and 1/2 cup 1% or no fat milk.

    Slim in 6 has some resistance training, it’s just not as hardcore as P90X. You could do P90X Chest and Back as one workout and then pick 2 of the lighter workouts from SI6.


  25. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

    OK – you know this is coming (I hope) but half the battle is in your diet. Sorry there isn’t any getting around this. Drinking water is great but it doesn’t replace eating the right amount of calories in the right macro nutrient proportions. Eat no more than 1,600 calories a day and eat them in a 40/40/20 ratio of carbs/protein/fat. This is a low fat diet and higher protein than probably what you have been eating. You say you are in the military so you may have to just do your best at the macro nutrient levels. I don’t know what kind of cell phone you have but if you have one that has apps there are some good calorie counting, macro nutrient counting apps out there.

    Secondly, you gotta go Classic if you want big results. Lean just doesn’t cut it. Sure Classic is hard – real hard – but if you are going to put in the time, get the results. I did it at 50 and I was really out of shape so I’m pretty sure you can do it. Just do your best and work to make real progress each time.


    P.S. I had to come back and comment about you indicating you were waking up with slight discomfort. I have to tell you that nearly 9 months into my training I wake up with significant discomfort each day. It’s how I know I’m pushing myself even all this time later.

  26. Hi Nancy,

    I just bought the P90x and will be beginning my training today. I was wondering if you could be my coach, but am not really sure what that implies. As there are so many websites about this system, I’m reading so many reviews/stories and now I’m so confused. I was very inspired by your photos and would like to loose 10-15lbs and tone up for my upcoming Oct wedding. Can you please help guide me through this process. As a side note, I work and travel a lot, so I won’t realistically be able to follow the nutirtional plan. However, I will be eating much more healthy and if you have any tips in that area, I would love to discuss. I look forward to hearing from you…and I’m EXTREMELY excited to look different.


  27. Hi Nancy,

    In an earlier post you said that you didn’t eat more than 1600 calories per day and had protein to carbs to fat in a 40/40/20 ratio. Did you just go straight to phase 2 and skip phase 1 altogether? And I thought having a calorie deficit during p90x was dangerous? I normally eat about 1600 calories a day, but I’ve started to eat more during p90x because that’s what the nutrition guide told me to do. I’ve been following level 1, phase 1, but I would like to know if I should be cutting my calories a bit more, and can have a slightly higher carb intake than 50/30/20. Your results are absolutely amazing, and I have some excess stomach flab that I would like to shed, while I tone up, so what would you recommend?

    For reference, I’m a 19 year old female, 5’6″ and 150 pounds.


  28. Congratulations Ash!

    Losing 10 – 15 pounds should be VERY doable. While diet is really important, you’ll need to get travel savvy. So what I suggest is that you start by looking at the protein bars I like at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/forum/#topic/Nutrition-Protein-Bars.htm. You can keep thiese at work and bring them with you when you travel. Also, you’ll need a good resistance band set unless you know your travels will have you at hotels with gyms.

    I also carry on longer discussions in the forums you’ll find there so just sign up and start a conversation in the most relevant area. I’m actually faster to answer questions there than here. I also send out emails to all my Beachbody clients (I saw you signed up) on a variety of topics. Oddly I was just working on one for diet that I’m going to be finishing up and sending out tomorrow so hopefully that will give you some more direction.


  29. I don’t follow the P90x nutrition plan at all. It’s designed more for men than it is for women. And as for calorie deficits, if you want to lose weight, you must create a calorie deficit. If you want to shed ab fat, you should eat a 40/40/20 carb/protein/fat ratio of calories. No don’t decrease the calories from 1600 to eat more carb – that won’t help your ab fat. You’ll also need to incorporate some high quality protein shakes into your diet to hit the protein targets and not exceed your carb or fat limits. My full list of protein powders I buy is at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/forum/#topic/Protein-Powders.htm.

    Only if you are very active and doing more exercise than P90X Classic (like I do doubles sometimes), or have no need to lose any additional weight should you eat more. And then I’d set the target at 12x your weight till you see how your body is reacting.

    The formula used in the P90X plan really does not account for how inactive we have become. It’s actually an old equation developed back in the ’70′s or ’80s. It also does not fully address women’s lower lean mass structures. So we women need to eat less but make sure we eat as nutrient dense foods per calorie that we can.

    Hope this helps and feel free to discuss this an other issues in more depth over in our members forums at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/members/.


  30. Wow Nancy,
    your results are amazing! Congrats on all your hard work!
    I am looking forward to getting there someday, hopefully look at least a bit better in another 12 weeks. After I saw my before pics I am definitely motivated to stick to P90X, I never knew I look so bad. Day 7 of P90X tomorrow. I am sticking to the nutrition guide so far.

    I went to the GNC store the other day and the manager recommended Hydroxycut and women’s vitamins. Have you heard of anyone use Hydroxycut along with P90X, would you recommend it, would it hinder progress in any way? Thank you!


  31. Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for stopping by. I want to address your comments about your before pictures. You know I felt the same way about my before pics. I really didn’t realize I was as big as I was around my middle. And, like you, I used that picture to keep me motivated. So you have a great tool with that picture. And the cool thing will be to see how much you change at every 30 days. Taking pictures really helps!

    As for your GNC guy’s recommendation, skip the Hydroxycut. It’s really mostly a bunch of stimulants that are over priced. Years ago when ephedrine was in the ingredients (also a powerful stimulant) one could argue it did really help activate fat burning because there is ample evidence that ephedrine does promote increased fat burning. Now I don’t find ephedrine as dangerous as apparently the government does but the point I want to make is to take excessive stimulants over a long period can literally wear out your adrenal gland. And that’s a bad thing for your engergy levels and fat burning hormal balance. So if you do take Hydroxycut or other stimulant laden ‘fat burner’ be sure to cycle off of it for 2 weeks once you finish a bottle.

    The one ingredient that does have significant research supporting it in Hydroxycut and other brands is green tea. But you can find green tea capsule for cheap at Target. I actually occasionally by a green tea/hoodia blend for about $7 at my local Super Target. (Hoodia is an appetite suppressant). The only other ingredient which is in some blends of Hydroxycut that I like is Chromium Picolate which helps your body’s blood sugar management (fewer insulin spikes means less fat storage around your abdomen). But that is also something you can buy as a separate supplement get a higher concentration (so it actually does something) than what you are likely to find in Hydroycut. GNC does sell a good brand I’d buy the 100 milligram version and if you can find it in a timed release formula, that would be better (just take 1 a day).

    Rather than just using stimulants, I’d rather see you use a product like Jack3d to get more out of your resistance training workouts. I have just started using Jack3d for my resistance workouts (used to use SuperPump 250) and have seen my strength go way up (more reps and/or heavier weights). Now the reason why I like this is lifting more will grow more lean muscle mass (LMM) and LMM is the best long term way to get your body to burn more calories and reshape itself in just the right areas.

    As for vitamins, a quality vitamin is a good idea. I like Beachbody’s Activit Metabolism vitamin but you can also buy a high quality one locally. If you go the local route, I like the ‘Garden of Life’ brand which uses living nutrients. Or you can go a totally different route and take Shakeology which is a meal replacement shake. Shakeology has over 70 living nutrients in it and provides a broad spectrum of vitamins. Since the vitamins are delivered as living nutrients, they are better absorbed by the body. And everyone I know (including me) has lost more weight when they use it as a meal replacement shake. Chocolate is the hands down favorite. Shakeology is not cheap but it does so much for you. You get a high quality whey protein serving, over 70 living nutrients, and your vitamins so for me, it’s worth it. (And I have to say my skin and hair look fantastic for a 51 year old).

    So you have plenty of options. Remember that it’s more important to do the exercises and eat well then it ever is to take supplements. (And that’s a confession from a self admitted supplement junkie!)


  32. Hi Nancy,
    If I hadn’t read your post I wouldn’t of decided to do p90x. Congrats on your new look! I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. I’m 5’2 and 157. I Need and want to be around 125. I’ve currently started weight watchers and want to include p90x. I’m wanting the weight lose and to lose dress sizes. Is this program for me? I’m lightly active btw.


  33. Hi Brandi,

    Is P90X for you? It’s a tough program that focuses on resistance training first and foremost and also incorporates in plyometrics, yoga and aerobics. A lot of women shy away from weightlifting because they think they’ll get bulky. But that’s not going to happen unless you spend hours a day in the gym, take a lot of supplements and eat a lot. What you can get out of P90X is lean and toned. You have to work hard to get the results but it does deliver.

    Now I get a lot of women who just don’t want to do a lot of resistance training and until recently I’ve been a bit resistant to recommend a different program. However, just last week Beachbody released TurboFire which I do like and have ordered for myself because it is a real high intensity interval training (HIIT) program. Insanity touts itself as a HIIT program but it’s really not done right to be proper HIIT. I have Insanity and it’s good for athletes but it’s not one I recommend for out of shape, overweight people. TurboFire does have the right cycling to be a HIIT program. HIIT routines are the only other exercises that come close to resistance training in keeping your metabolism raised for hours after the workout. Aerobics only burns calories while you do it and elevates your burn rate for only an hour or two afterwards. HIIT does more and studies show it can help women burn more fat and do it off their abs. So if you are not ready for P90X yet, try TurboFire. Turbofire does have a longer aerobics session and a moderately intense resistance training session for sculpting.

    BTW, I’m not going to give up my P90X. I’m just going to replace the aerobic and plyo workouts in P90X with TurboFire HIIT to get the best of both. If I had to pick just one, I would pick P90X but that’s because I like resistance training. It’s worked very well for me.

    Let me know what you decide and if you’d like me to be your coach, be sure to purchase from my website (click on one of my links above) as that is how I get compensated for the time I spend helping others – I’d really appreciate it!

  34. Thanks for the response Nancy! Can I expect to lose inches with this program?

  35. Hi Brandi,

    Both programs will help you burn fat and lose inches. P90X, when done with intensity – classic version, will help you lose more inches because it’s more resistance training which will help you replace fat with muscle. Your waist will look smaller because your back will get better developed (this may sound weird but trust me it’s true). But I wouldn’t recommend TurboFire if I didn’t think it also would produce real results.

    Think of it this way. P90X is more intense and more time – plan for 7 hours per week of exercise over 6 days. TurboFire is less time – plan for 4.5 – 5 hours per week over 6 days. You will drop inches with both. If you are a little more pressed for time and don’t like the idea of a lot of push ups and pull ups, then TurboFire is going to be a program that you’ll prefer.

    Now both programs do require you to change the way you eat for optimal results. For you, I’d recommend a diet of 1400 calories a day to start if you do P90X and 1300 calories a day if you do TurboFire. And you need to eat those calories in a 40/40/20 ratio of carbs/protein/fat. That’s going to be a lot less fat, some reduction in carbs and a lot more protein than you’ve been eating. But it’s an eating program that will help you get the most out of either workout routine you select.


  36. you mentioned in one of the above posts to replace the plyo and cardio in P90X with some of the Turbo Fire HIIT workouts. On monday i did the 1st lean program but switched to Classic today. So you mean to replace plyo and Kenpo (is this the cardio in P90X) with turbo fire, but which turbofire HIIT workouts would you do to replace these classic workouts. Does it even matter which ones I choose. Waiting for my order to come in so will be doing the classic program as written till i get it. Thanks!

  37. Hi Debbie,

    As a rule of thumb, don’t do HIIT workouts more than 3x per week and don’t do more than 60 total minutes of HIIT workouts in a week.

    So if you are going to replace Plyo and Kenpo with TurboFire HIIT, you can easily do the 25 minute routines. But the first week I’d probably go with the 15 minute routines, the 2nd week the 20 minute routines and then for weeks 3 and beyond, do the 25 minute routines.

    Now maybe you want to add in a 3rd workout which actually would facilitate fat burning. I’d do the 25 minute workout on the day you normally would do plyo. Then I’d replace yoga with the 40 minute stretch class and add in a 15 minute HIIT. And finally, I’d replace the Kenpo with another 15 minute class.

    If you are one of the rare UBER fit individuals you could go with (1) 25 minute HIIT and (2) 20 minute HIIT workouts. This would be the max I’d recommend. If you do this, be sure that any other cardio is VERY modest. Like I’d do the (1) 25 and (2) 20 workouts and maybe (2) 2-mile walks during a week. This much lower intensity cardio mixed with the HIIT is actually very effective in fat burning.

    Hope this gives you some good ideas.


  38. Hi Nancy,

    I am on my second go round of P90X. I did this about a year ago and halfway through the second month I hurt my knee. After taking some time off and some physical therapy my girlfriend and I started back up three weeks ago. The results are coming much faster than the first time we did this. We are both following a more strict eating plan this time around, but my question for you is what do you eat before you do Plyometrics or Kenpo. I find myself burning out for the last 10 or 15 minutes of either routine. Should I carb up a couple of hours before? The first time I ever did Plyo I did throw up…haha..so I don’t eat at least an hour and a half before I workout, but I want to make sure I’m eating the right food to keep my energy up.

    Any tips you can give would be extremely helpful!

    P.S. You look great! I know how much work goes in to changing your body that drastically!

  39. Hi Laura,

    Congratulations for starting up again. Often people have to take a break because of injury or illness and never get back to it.

    As far as what I take before Plyometrics or Kenpo, I have to say I’m in love with a product called Xtend (read more about it at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/?p=1820). It’s a branched chain + glutamine amino acid formula that works for pre-workout as well as post workout recovery. Studies have shown that the consumption of branched chain amino acids before or during a workout, helps you to work out more intensely and longer.

    Thanks for your kind words on my transformation. If you want it bad enough and believe that it’s possible, amazing things can happen!

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  40. Nancy,

    This is great! Thanks for the tip. I’m going to try this out and I’ll let you know how I make out.. I agree with you. If you want it bad enough, you can do anything. I feel better at 36 than I did at 21. This program is truly life changing if you fully embrace it!

    Thanks again!

    Take care,

  41. GREAT JOB!

    Your should be proud of yourself!

  42. Hi Nancy,

    I purchased P90X and started the Classic workouts Wed. Boy am I sore! I need to lose about 50 or 60 pounds. What do you recommend for women as far as calories to maximize weight loss during the 90 day period?



  43. Hi Robin,

    I have an article that walks you though that at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/?p=2105. It’s not only calories that you need to watch, it’s the macro nutrient composition (carbs/protein/fat). The article discusses all of that.

    The P90X nutrition plan calculates way too many calories for women. It is not gender specific which is a real shortcoming because a man and a woman at the same height and weight do not have the same amount of lean mass. Men have more. So we women need to eat less.

    Let me know if you still have any questions after you read the article,


  44. Hi Nanci,

    I would love you to be my coach as well. I am also a 50 year old woman. I am at the end of my 3rd week in Phase one. I have toned up quite a bit I have definitely lost inches in my waist and my arms are getting very defined. I would say I am grossly out of shape, I’m 5’4 and approximately 200. I keep up with everything except, the pull ups, dips, and yoga. That is my enemy, but I continue to push and do every bit that I am able. I am doing the diet, I have made great strides with giving up sugar.

    The question I have is, after the 97 days, do I start over and if so, will I continue to lose and build muscle mass?

    Thanks and I appreciate anything you have to offer.

  45. Hi Lorna,

    Congratulations on taking on P90X! As far as not doing all the exercises, do what you can. If you can’t do the yoga, don’t skip the workout, do x-stretch instead and do what you can. Same goes for pull ups (really hard for women to master), do assisted pull ups with a chair or use a resistance band and do pull downs. You’ll still see great results. Also if you can’t do dips, do some other tricep exercise.

    As far as diet goes, I don’t actually recommend the P90X nutrition diet as it calculates way too many calories for women. Instead read my article at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/06/my-p90x-diet/. It will help you reduce your fat – especially belly fat quickly.

    Finally, I’d love to be your coach. I have a write up of how to do that at http://www.pressplayfitness.com/07/nancy-how-do-i-make-you-my-coach/.

    Keep with this, it will change your life!


  46. Hey Nancy!

    Congratulations on your awesome results! I am currently on week 3 of the classic schedule. I was debating whether I should switch to the lean schedule so I can burn more fat…what would you recomend?

  47. Alexia,

    Despite what you read on the women’s health magazines, the truth is that resistance training burns more calories and in particular more fat than cardio. What is important is to look at the period post exercise as well as during exercise. Cardio only raises your metabolism for a couple hours while resistance training can raise your metabolism for up to 40 hours. And in that post exercise period, you burn way more fat from resistance training than you do with cardio.

    So what I recommend is that you stay the course with Classic but really, really bring it to the resistance training routines.


  48. Hi Nancy,
    How much space do you need for the workouts? I am thinking of purchasing it, but i have very very little space in my apartment.


  49. Hi Kerry,

    4′ x 6′ is my minimum recommendation on space. Plus a door jam for a pull up bar -or- door jam with accessory so you can do pull downs (in lieu of pull ups).

    Let me know if you have any other questions.


  50. Hello
    I have a question.. I can not eat a lot of meat per my Dr. My body has a really hard time breaking it down. I just starting the p90X workouts along with running each day to train for a half marathon. Do any other diets work with P90X? How can I still get the results and not eat a ton of meat?
    Thank you for any insight.

  51. Hi Kara,

    You don’t say what you can eat. Can you eat whey protein? That’s and excellent source of protein. If not, can you eat RAW Protein by Gardens of Life which is plant based protein? There are many options. I would be concerned for you if you are going to do a lot of running and P90X but not eat at least .75 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass. You’ll end up losing muscle if you don’t at least consume that much protein.


  52. Yes I can eat all other types of protein. I just cant have red meat and mimited chicken, etc. I eat a lot of eggs and I am a huge fan of PB.. I will have to look into whey protein. Thank you

  53. Congrats on your transformation! I am 6’1 and 300 lbs. I obviously have a LOT of weight to lose. I am going to be out of town and not able to stick to the diet or the excersise next month. I will be here for a week, gone for one, back for one and gone for one. Would it be beneficial to start the eating and excersise to only have to start it over again, or should I wait until September when I can dedicate the full 90 days to the program?

  54. Hi Scott,

    Thank you for the kind words about my transformation – I appreciate it!

    What I’d recommend is that you start with something a bit easier. At 300 lbs you are correct in stating you have a lot of weight to lose. First, you can change your diet now even when traveling. Eating out can be a bit of a challenge but stick to salads with meat and you’ll already be better off (just don’t order salads with fried foods). Get into a habit of traveling with protein bars – I do. It is a lifesaver when stuck in an airport. And when you are home, well, no excuses there.

    As for exercise, you need to start slowly to avoid over taxing your heart (moving 300 lbs is tough on it) and to avoid joint injury. I would suggest 10 minute trainer which does not rely on a bunch of equipment (none is actually needed although some additional benefit may be derived with a light weight resistance band which is easy to pack). I like this because it will fit your schedule and lifestyle and it will help you get started on a path to fitness. And it’s a great workout – I just invested in this myself and I have been surprised at how good the workouts are. Then when you’ve dropped 30lbs, go ahead and start P90X in September.


  55. Hello Nancy,

    My husband and I are going to be getting the p90x in a few days, I use to be in good shape before i had kids, I have two girls Aubrey and Ivy. Anyways i’m 5’3 and am 189 I’m on Weight watchers, and have lost 16lbs so far, but i want to tone my body. Your story has inspired me to get to where you are, i know its going to be hard work and i’m ready for it..=) My question is, after the 90 day workout, do you restart it again???
    Thanks Amber

  56. Hi Amber,

    That depends on you (starting another P90X round or not). What you do need to do is commit to doing something on a regular basis for the rest of your life if you want to keep toned. Use it or lose it. I did start another round immediately but added in some Insanity in lieu of the P90X plyo, kenpo and yoga.

    Also, you may want to add more protein and less carb in your diet from what WW recommends if you really want to get the most out of P90X and accelerate you fat loss.


  57. Hi!
    I was wondering why there arent’ any Plyo sessions in the Lean version of P90-x. Also, I already completed a round of P90x, tried some Insanity, but quite frankly I found it, well… Insane. So I came back to P90x Regular, and wonder if the Lean program would be more appropriate since I really want to shed fat. I can see the muscles I’ve developped underneath my “chubby” arms, and would like to see that layer GONE!
    I am on a lower carb, moderate fat diet, but it seems I’ve hit a plateau… and my metabolism has always been really slow. I once managed to lose a lot a weight, but I now don’t have as much time as then (I used to spend 2 + hours a day at the gym) and back then I just starved myhself… not a healthy of long-lasting option. I would appreciate any suggestions,

  58. Hi Thais,

    I won’t speculate on what was included or excluded from the Lean version of P90X – I don’t recommend it. I recommend Classic P90X and I recommend lifting as heavy as you can while maintaining good form. Lift like a man and you’ll burn the most fat. If you’ve done P90X Classic and you really lifted heavy and did real pull ups and push ups, you could try a P90X / Insanity hybrid (what I recommend as Insanity 5 or 6 times a week is a bit insane in my book unless you are already an athlete). As for losing the fat, if you’ve added lean muscle mass by lifting heavy with P90X Classic then you have a diet issue. I can’t give you specific recommendations unless you are my client/customer (at which point we’d be talking directly in email) but if you’ve not yet read my article on My P90X diet, please do.


  59. Since I found your website last evening, I’ve spent most of my time reading your posts and articles. I just completed Day 4 (from Phase 1) of the Classic Program. I realized, I was making a huge mistake in going forward with the P90x meal plan. I started implementing your diet plan this morning…I must admit just making the necessary diet changes-does make a difference in the world! I don’t feel as sluggish and this is after using your diet advice in less than 12 hours! I’m 28, female, 4’10, 130 lbs. I’m focusing on losing the few pounds and toning up for a law enforcement agency.

    I want to express my gratitude to you and the other coaches in creating such an informative website. I now realize I was making many mistakes-I’m glad I caught this on time so I can have a successful transformation with P90x. Thank you so much!


  60. Hi Hope,

    P90X is a high intensity tough workout that uses resistance training, plyometrics, yoga and some cardio. If you read my P90X page (click here), you’ll learn more about the workouts that are included. It has a lot of old fashioned pull ups and push ups.


  61. Hi Nancy,

    I just started P90x about 2 weeks ago. I know everybody is different, but when did you start seeing results?

    I’m 24 years old, and do long distance cycling on a pretty normal basis already, but I really would like to get in better shape. (I hate my gut! haha) I just got diagnosed with MS this past June, so that’s even more of a motivating factor. I want to do everything I can to make sure I can walk for as long as possible! :D

    Thanks for your help!


  62. Hi Kristi,

    I admire your attitude to keep active and do everything you can to offset the MS! As far as results, it depends on where you are at physically. The more out of shape you are, the sooner you can actually begin to see results. I was very out of shape when I started and saw some initial improvements in about 3 weeks. You have to be in good shape given the cycling so results will be a bit slower. I might suggest you cut back a bit on the cycling while doing P90X as your body needs time to rest and recover. If you never let your body fully recover, you won’t add the lean muscle you want and your cortisol levels could become elevated which you don’t want – especially with the MS diagnosis.


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